Bring It Back

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Bring It Back is Mates of State's fourth album and their first for new label Barsuk. Usually by the time of a band's fourth album they start to sound like the last half of their new label's name. That's not the case here, not by a long shot. The duo of Kori Gardner various keyboards/vocals and Jason Hammel drums/vocals have actually improved, and the album sports stronger songs, a fuller sound, more emotional weight, and an exuberant soul that spills out of the speakers like milk and cake at a kid's birthday party. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this record more satisfying than the rest of their excellent back catalog. Perhaps it is the reliance on more piano than usual, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Bring It Back is Mates of State's fourth album and their first for new label Barsuk. Usually by the time of a band's fourth album they start to sound like the last half of their new label's name. That's not the case here, not by a long shot. The duo of Kori Gardner various keyboards/vocals and Jason Hammel drums/vocals have actually improved, and the album sports stronger songs, a fuller sound, more emotional weight, and an exuberant soul that spills out of the speakers like milk and cake at a kid's birthday party. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this record more satisfying than the rest of their excellent back catalog. Perhaps it is the reliance on more piano than usual, maybe the richer vocals of Gardner, maybe the punchy and powerful production from Bill Racine, or that the band has added some guitar and bass to their sound. It's a combination of all that, but most of all it's the number of memorable songs, which count among some of the best of their career. There are songs with surging vocal harmonies "Beautiful Dreamer," "So Many Ways", songs with choruses that inspire you to add your own heartfelt vocal contributions "Fraud in the 80s," "For the Actor", songs with spine-tingling dynamic shifts "What It Means," "Think Long", songs that make a fuzzed-out organ seem like the coolest possible instrument, "Punchlines". A song like "Running Out" a monumental epic that starts as a simple ballad and builds to a heart-wrenching climax complete with a vocal choir shows how assured and interesting the band has become. Mates of State started off their career as a kind of curiosity no guitars! but have grown into the kind of group where you can't wait to see what they will do next, even if it is only to release records like Bring It Back that strengthen and perfect their formula. Mike Love would be proud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173105023
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 142,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Think Long (4:43)
  2. 2 Fraud in the '80s (4:22)
  3. 3 Like U Crazy (3:57)
  4. 4 Beautiful Dreamer (4:39)
  5. 5 What It Means (2:25)
  6. 6 For the Actor (4:33)
  7. 7 Nature and the Wreck (2:22)
  8. 8 So Many Ways (3:57)
  9. 9 Punchlines (3:53)
  10. 10 Running Out (6:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mates of State Primary Artist
Jason Hammel Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Kori Gardner Organ, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Heise Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Bill Racine Bass, Trumpet, Noise
Sam Miller Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Jim Aveni Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Gene Park Viola
Diko Shoturma Help
Technical Credits
Brian Paulson Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Mates of State Composer
Sean McCabe Art Direction
Bill Racine Producer, Engineer
Ben Dickey Management
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